New today: Teaching virtues, inalienable rights, fresh poetry for pastors

July 3, 2014

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 145:8-14Zechariah 1:1-6Romans 7:1-6

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Thomas (Lutheran and Catholic calendars), Aonio Paleario

New today from the Century

Teaching virtues, by Stephanie Paulsell. As a Lilly Fellow, I was compelled by Mark Schwehn's vision of all academic work as the work of teaching, with love at the core of its mission.

Patriot cause, by John M. Buchanan. I love the Declaration of Independence and the radical notion that every human being has unalienable rights, innate worth, and dignity.

Reading devotional poetry with Kim Johnson, by Amy Frykholm. After an interview with poet and devotional poetry anthology editor Kimberly Johnson, I asked her to highlight some of the lesser-known Christian poets to whom pastors might turn for fresh lyrical material.

Some thoughts on the future of Christian formation for children (and their parents), by Jonathan Grieser. The visitors asked for resources to teach their children about the Bible and Christianity. I told them about our church's programs. The complication is that they're active in athletics and have events almost every weekend.


Intergenerational living, by Carol Howard Merritt. Communal living makes sense. It’s easy to make the case for it with older parents, but it’s harder with the next generation—what the NYT obnoxiously calls the “Boomerang Kids.”

In the news

Nantucket’s ‘Greater Light’ house holds clues to island’s Quaker past

The cross on Mount Soledad can stay—for now


Football player tackles expanding his communion business

In the CCblogs network 

Embracing emotions, by Tim Graves

In transition: When priorities begin to shift, by Ben Gosden

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